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IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa
From Communications of the ACM

IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa

Technologists discuss government policies affecting broadband, patent reform, privacy — and President Obama's effect on it all.

China Bans Electric Shock Treatment to Cure Internet 'Addiction'
From ACM News

China Bans Electric Shock Treatment to Cure Internet 'Addiction'

China's ministry of health has banned the use of electric shock treatment to cure Internet addiction. The move follows growing concern in the country about young...

From ACM TechNews

­.s. Scientists See H1-B Visas as Major Issue Against Progress, Says Survey

U.S. residents hold a high opinion of scientists, but only a minority feel that U.S. scientific achievements are the best in the world, according to a new Pew Research...

CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers
From ACM News

CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown that public information readily gleaned from governmental sources, commercial databases, or online social networks...

Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success
From ICT Results

Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success

Information services company Matrixware has teamed up with a consortium of European researchers to enhance access to its database of patents. The commercial deal...

Icann Hires Former Cybersecurity Chief as New Ceo
From ACM TechNews

Icann Hires Former Cybersecurity Chief as New Ceo

Rod Beckstrom, the former director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Center, has been chosen to replace Paul Twomey as the CEO...

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology
From ACM News

Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology

Shoplifting in retail outlets is an increasing problem that creates an estimated annual retail deficit of more than $30 billion, but RFID technology can help to...

Safety-Critical Software Put ­nder Scrutiny
From ACM TechNews

Safety-Critical Software Put ­nder Scrutiny

The Centre for Safety-Critical Software Certification, a new global research center based at McMaster University, will be dedicated to eliminating the possibility...

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
From ACM News

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...

China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says
From ACM News

China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says

Nearly three-quarters of the Web sites advertised in computer spam studied by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine so far in 2009 are tied...

From ACM TechNews

Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

From ACM TechNews

E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

A National Security Agency (NSA) operation involving surveillance of American residents' communications, especially domestic email, is fueling debate in the U.S...

Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan
From ACM TechNews

Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan

A pair of recently released reports, authored by University of Chicago professor Dennis Carlton, says that introducing new top-level domains (TLDs) will not force...

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity
From ACM TechNews

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity

NASA and Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf are currently testing an extraterrestrial Internet that could lead to technology for use in securing ad hoc networks...

From ACM News

China Says ­npopular Filtering Software Optional

China appeared to cave in to public pressure Tuesday (June 16) by announcing that computer users are not required to install Internet-filtering software — though...

From ACM TechNews

Experts Urge Federal Efforts on Cybersecurity

The U.S. federal government needs to step up its cybersecurity efforts, experts from industry and academia recently told the House Science and Technology Committee's...

From ACM TechNews

Software Liability Law Could Divide Open Source

The European Commission has proposed that software companies should be held liable for the security and efficiency of their products. Ovum's David Mitchell says...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
From ACM News

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here
From ACM TechNews

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here

Arizona election officials demonstrated their Internet voting system at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in Washington, D.C. For the 2008...
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